DIGITAL EDITION No. 329 August 21, 2019  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Catholic Charities

John Pavick

John Pavik joins us from Catholic Charities, Santa Rosa where he serves as Assistant Director of Development. Originally from North Carolina, John has been an organizer for multiple political campaigns in the Midwest and most recently in Nevada before answering the call to participate in housing solutions for Sonoma County, namely the development of Caritas Village, Catholic Charities’ ambitious answer to the housing crisis our state faces. When not at Catholic Charities, he serves First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa as their organist as well as the Sonoma Valley Chorale as their Associate Director of Choral Activities. 
For this presentation, I will spend half of the time providing a comprehensive overview of our many services, and then a briefing on Caritas Village


Wednesday September 4, 2019: United Way Schools of Hope


Sept 21, 2019 – Club Social – Paella
Great event to invite potential members.
Kid friendly with a nice park and games 🙂
Please RSVP to Doug Johnson –


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Michael Moore

Sad Announcement

President Cathy made the heartbreaking announcement that Yale Abrams has had a massive heart attack and passed away. A moment of silence was observed in Yale’s honor. Rest in peace, good friend. (See In “Memory Of Yale” Below) 

Reflection: Chip Rawson read a Kipling poem.

Visiting Rotarians 

None present today


Linda Balfe, Ilse Lazovick and Angela Rizzo were today’s guests.


Larry Miyano had $47 in today’s pot. Will Haymaker put his hand in the bag and pulled the blue winning marble! Congratulations on your winnings, Will!


Joke Time (in honor of Yale)

(See In “Memory Of Yale” Below) 

Debi had a wonderful visit with Jack and Pris. Jack says he’ll miss his fellow Rotarians.Hi From Jack & Pris

Debi had a wonderful visit with Jack and Pris. Jack says he’ll miss his fellow Rotarians.


Andrea Geary announced Sept. 7th is the date for the bocce tournament. Friday, the 13th is another joint club social at The Living Room.

Rick Allen announced an upcoming multi-club fundraiser next Thursday at 5:30 at Paradise Ridge to raise money for Telemedicine. $20 will get you in.

Sam announced the purchase of a pig or lamb. We’ll have a meat auction at a later date. Sam also offered to auction tickets

Paul Harris Award

Dan Balfe presented a Paul Harris Award to Carolyn Fassi, a Paul Harris Society member who donates $1,000 per year. Carolyn accepted PH Awards for her two nieces who live out of state. Carolyn will present the awards to her nieces at a Rotary meeting in their communities. Carolyn took the opportunity to brag about her two adult nieces who appear to be very high achievers. Congratulations Carolyn for your nieces and your generosity.


Holly Garretson introduced Cordell Stillman of Sonoma Clean Power. Mr. Stillman shared information about Sonoma Clean Power which operates all electricity in Sonoma except for those who choose to opt out and stick with PG&E. Mendocino was added at their request recently. SCP is trying to address global climate change in a small way by offering more renewable energy to it’s customers with 87% of power generation being carbon free.

Mr. Stillman then described the various power options available to SCP customers. SCP also offers clean power kits to customers. Induction cooktops are offered on loan for customers to try out.

He discussed Advanced Energy Rebuild is another program offered to encourage energy efficient, all electric homes.  Mr. Stillman told us of a program called Gridsavvy, which is a program to incentivize use of technologies to reduce electric use during peak hours.and another program, Lead Locally, a grant research project from the California Energy Commission to test new technologies in real world application.  Finally, Mr. Stillman closed by telling us of the new Advanced Energy Center, which will be housed in the old Stanroy Music Ctr. location near Russian River Brewing Company.  

In Memory Of Yale

Yale Abrams, President 2004-05, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday August 21,2019. Yale was an incredibly generous man who always made himself available to help others. He was an awesome Rotarian role model who lead the life of ‘service above self’ and followed the ‘Four Way Test’ in his business and in his personal life.

Yale, besides being a past president, served on the Hands-On Committee, Red Badge Committee, District Awards chair, Program committee and any time someone asked for help he’d raised his hand. He spread friendship, honesty, and fellowship with a smile and wonderful sense of humor. He was a man you couldn’t say no to.

Yale was active in other organizations outside Rotary, but every Wednesday we were very blessed to have him with us. Yale and his wife, Terry, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Yale was a man who loved, respected and sincerely cherished his Terry all those years. It was great when he would bring her to lunch. They always brought us contagious smiles.

Yale my friend, we will miss the ticket origami you would throw at us at the rowdy table, screening my jokes before I read them, and always having solid advice for whoever asked for it.

You leave a hole in our hearts by being gone, but it’s filled with memories of a man who walked and talked what he preached.

Thank you for all you did for Rotary and especially mankind. Your footprints will always be in the sand for others to follow.


Governor, District 5130

Kathy Flamson

Attendance Secretary

Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Holly Garretson
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe